New Open Forum on Dandelion Salad 2019

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by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
May 25, 2019

Time for a new Open Forum on Dandelion Salad.

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14 thoughts on “New Open Forum on Dandelion Salad 2019

    • Thanks, barovsky, however, like I mentioned before I also use this as a Contact Form for writers to submit an article/video. I stopped using the WP Contact Form many years ago due to Spam.

      Readers are welcome to start or join in a discussion on their own here in the comment section.

      If I wrote a piece like you suggested, then the comments would be on that particular blog post, like any of the other blog posts. Kind of defeats the idea of having this place for readers to start their own conversations. In general, commenting has been going down as more people tend to comment only on the Facebook or other social media sites’ posts.

  1. I’m glad you’re doing this. FarceBook has been burying so many articles/posts of significance, I’ve been pondering directing efforts elsewhere.

  2. One of the things I’d like to discuss is: when we opposite capitalism, are we referring solely to the corporate/neoliberal system or everything that isn’t a worker/state-owned cooperative? Obviously the 1% does not include a small local bookstore.

      • Thanks. I just wondered, if such enterprises are technically capitalist as conventionally defined, then doesn’t that mean the term ‘capitalism’ encompass everything from Mom n Pop stores to MNCs? Because if so, the left should refer specially to corporate/neoliberal capitalism. I think Hedges does this and says the same as Parenti, only Parenti refers broadly to ‘capitalism’. I hope I’m not confusing anyone lol it’s essentially a semantic inquiry

        • Well, technically all except worker-cooperatives would be capitalist. But as far as boycotts or other protests against corporations, the small shops would be excluded in our capitalist society. Even the worker-coops in our society are engaging in capitalism.

      • Parenti got most things right, but on this one he’s wrong (i.e., I disagree with him). A little bit of capitalism is like a little bit of cancer — it really IS a cause for concern.

        The Little Prince warned us to weed out the baobabs when they’re small, or they’ll wreck your planet. Of course, St Exupery probably was really talking about fascism, but capitalism eventually turns into fascism, doesn’t it?

        Really, if Mom and Pop are as nice as we believe, then they’d rather NOT be competing for business. They’re looking forward to the socialist revolution that will turn their store into a Distribution Center, so that instead of addressing people’s money they can address people’s needs, as they’ve always really wished.

        And “a little healthy competition” is an oxymoron, because competition is never healthy, despite our nation’s worship of competition. Anything that can be done competitively, can be done better cooperatively. But Alfie Kohn has talked about this better than I can:

        • At the moment, we live in a capitalist nation, so in order to buy things that we need we have choices, buying local or buying from large corporations. In an ideal world, you are correct, but that’s not the world we live in at this time.

    • It’s mostly a Contact Form for those who’d like to submit a new article, but others may start a discussion on any issue or topic. Still no trolling or otherwise making trouble. Of course, no spamming or self-promotion.

      Readers aren’t commenting like they used to in the past, unfortunately. When I first started the Open Forum, it worked very well with other readers joining in a new discussion. Nowadays, I can’t promise that anyone else will join in. Of course, they are most welcome to do so.

      Here are the past Open Forums, if you’d like to take a look at the comment section:

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